A screenshot (or screen grab, print screen) is an image of what should be visible on your screen. Today we’re going to show you 4 ways to take a screenshot on Windows 10:
1. Use Print Screen (PrtScn)
To capture your entire screen, the easy way is pressing the ‘Print Screen’ button on your keyboard (sometimes labeled as ‘PrtScn’, ‘PrntScrn’ or something similar). On most keyboards, the button is usually found between F12 and Scroll Lock. On laptop keyboards, you may have to press the keys ‘Fn+PrtScn’ or ‘Fn+Alt+PrtScn’ to access the Print Screen feature.
When you press the key, it will look like nothing happened, but the screenshot will be copied to the clipboard. You’ll need to open an image editing tool (such as Microsoft Paint), paste the screenshot into the editor and save as the file in PNG or JPG format.
2. Use Snipping Tool
The Snipping Tool has been a part of the Windows since Windows Vista. The default snip type is a rectangular snip, but you can also take screenshots of a Free-from snip, a window snip, or the Full-screen snip. Click the ‘Mode’ button to choose the form and ‘New’ button to begin the screenshot process.
In Windows 10, Snipping Tool has a new option is ‘Delay’ button, which will allow you to capture screenshots with a delay time, it means that you can get pop-up menus and tooltips.
3. Use Game Bar
Windows 10 ships with game DVR capabilities to record gameplay footage and take screenshots of Windows PC games. The Game Bar generates screenshots in PNG format, and saves them in “C:\Users\[your username]\Videos\Captures”. Before you start using the Game Bar, launch the Xbox app that came with Windows 10 open its settings. Under “Game DVR”, choose “Take screenshots using Game DVR” and assign whatever keyboard shortcuts you want.
Then you can use ‘Windows key + G’ (by default) and click or tap on the “Yes, this is a game” box if prompted. Now press the “Camera icon” or ‘Windows key + Alt + PrtScn’ to take a screenshot.
Note: The keyboard shortcut will only work if you have previously checked the “Yes, this is a game” box for this specific game. You will see a notification letting you know “Screenshot saved” If you click or tap on the notification, it will open to “Xbox > Game DVR > On this PC” to see it.
4. Use Third-party Tool (Snagit)
If you take a lot of screenshots and want more flexible than the built-in tools, a third-party tool like Snagit by Techsmith is your best option. This is a top-notch tool that makes taking screenshots easily, has tons of options that let you target specific windows, take region snapshots, and even capture the full text of scrolling windows like web pages.
You can also make a short video if you want, annotate screenshots, draw arrows and shapes, and pretty much anything you can imagine a screenshot tool should be able to do. It’s a great tool that we definitely recommend, especially if you need to take screenshots everyday.
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